Posted: October 22, 2013
Cook, Serve, Delicious is not your average restaurant sim. Instead of waiting tables and clearing checks, you’re more of a line cook who owns a small restaurant in a business tower. Your main goal is to achieve what every chef wants, a five star restaurant. Each day, customers order off your customizable menu and you prep and cook their food by hitting the corresponding keys to each item, such as ‘L’ to add lettuce on a burger. This sounds relatively simple but can certainly become challenging when the clock is ticking and customers are getting impatient.
At the end of each day, you get a report of how you did. How many good/average/bad orders you did, how much you earned in tips and from orders, how many chores (such as washing dishes and taking out the trash) you did etc. This performance can have a negative or positive on what the game calls “daily buzz”. Buzz essentially controls how many customers will visit your restaurant, how patient they are and how much they’ll tip. Obviously, the higher your buzz, the better. Your buzz is affected by the food on your menu, as well as weather, time of day and equipment bought from the store. For example, foods such as fish or french fries are considered too smelly for mornings and will give you negative buzz during morning hours. However, fish is a high priced item and both fish and fries are quick and easy to prepare. For some players, this may outweigh the morning hours negative effects. While following the daily buzz is probably in the player’s best interest in terms of cash flow, you can still certainly ignore it and you would still be able to gradually upgrade your restaurant.
Aside from working in your restaurant, you can also complete challenges to earn some extra cash. Catering events which pit you against the clock to serve as many themed dishes as possible. In Iron Cook, a clever play on the Japanese game show Iron Chef, you must serve wave after wave of orders. The orders get more complex the more waves you complete and if you mess up three orders, you fail the challenge.
Somewhat similarly, in Hunger Festival, a play on Hunger Games, you must complete 20-30 orders but if you mess up even one order, you fail the challenge. While these challenges don’t add too much to the gameplay, they’re still a nice break from a day of service.
As you get further in the game, you start earning silver tickets which you can use to make “silver ticket bets”. The Silver Ticket Robot challenges you to get a certain number of perfect orders in a row with the menu items s/he specifies. This gives your menu a mix-up as well as adding a little challenge to your day.
Although gameplay doesn’t evolve much throughout the game and may become repetitive at times, there is certainly quite a few new recipes and equipment to buy while you improve your restaurant to be worthy of five stars and this can keep you playing for hours.